Any driver that's been to the pumps lately knows gas prices are on the rise, and most people are looking for ways to save on fuel costs.
Carpooling and using public transportation are some common ways people try to save money on gas. But surprisingly, hybrid cars are becoming more affordable and can cut down on fuel costs big time over the years.
There's not one but two hybrid cars in Mark and Karen Thurn's garage.
We're very happy with them. We like the way they drive and of course we like the gas mileage," says Mark.
And they say they're sticking with the Prius.
We really enjoy it, we'd buy another one," says Mark.
That's because newer hybrid models are more efficient than ever.
They've evolved a lot. This is the third generation Prius, started in the USA in 1997. They've gotten bigger over the years, better technology for that better fuel economy, and actually passed along savings to the customer," says Toyota saleman Dan Lee.
And if you think it costs more to drive a hybrid, think again. Today's Prius models cost about the same as a Camry.
"It's in the mid-20s on up, so it's very affordable for the average family and average person," says Lee.
A lot more affordable than in the past.
"In 2004, there certainly was a premium at the time and even with that I think we made up that difference in gas savings over the years," says Mark.
And with gas expected to near four dollars a gallon this summer, great gas mileage can keep more money in your pocket.
The biggest benefit that a lot of people know is just the fuel economy. Fifty-one miles per gallon on a Prius is almost double a standard car," says Lee.
"Just the savings alone has been great, but the car rides really nice too," says Karen.
Many car makers now even offer hybrid models of their most popular vehicles.
Here at Cedric Theel Toyota in Bismarck for example the Avalon and Camry both come in hybrid models.